Bihar’s Chief Minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar has ruled out any possibility of taking part in the race for the PM’s position in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Kumar said ”I am not a fool, if I become the national president of my party, does not mean that I harbour aspirations of becoming the Prime Minister”. Kumar added ”I neither have any aspiration nor the ability to become the PM”, according to a PTI report.
Kumar said that he believed in working for the benefit of the people and that he has spent his political career working for the people. The Bihar CM said ”Modi became the Prime Minister because he was capable of taking over the post, and the people of our country voted him to power. I know, I do not have that capacity. I am a leader of a small party and I have no national ambitions.”
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Asked about a possible second term for the incumbent President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Bihar Chief Minister said, “What could be better if he gets a second term, but that has to be decided by the ruling party at the Centre.” He said that “the re-election of Mukherjee with consensus will set a good precedent”. The JD(U), then part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), had voted for Mukherjee, a UPA candidate, in the presidential elections in 2012.
Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) had left NDA after BJP announced that Narendra Modi will be the saffron party’s prime ministerial candidate